Tomorrow's Energy Workforce
Nuclear Technology AAS
The Nuclear Technology program at Columbia Basin College (CBC) will help you build the STEM knowledge and related workplace skills for a career in the nuclear industry. During your studies in the Nuclear Technology program, you will learn about:
- nuclear power plant operating and processing facilities
- nuclear waste disposal
- radiation protection
- electrical operations
You are able to choose from three different degree tracks including, Radiation Protection
Technology, Non-Licensed Operator and Instrumentation & Control Technology. Operators
and Instrumentation and Control Technicians have transferable skills that allow them
to also build a career in vital industries such as energy generation (wind, hydro,
gas and oil), process operations and manufacturing.
Students working toward an Associate of Applied Science degree earn a one year certificate in Nuclear Technology upon successful completion of their first-year requirements. In addition to the degree, graduates who qualify may also earn the industry recognized National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT) Certificate.
CBC works closely with the nuclear industry, both locally and nationally. As one of 25 Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Programs (NUCP) in the U.S., CBC and Energy Northwest partner to ensure that the CBC Nuclear Technology program is aligned with the needs of the nuclear power industry. This includes ensuring the program offerings are consistent with the established standards for accredited utility training programs so that all graduates have the same basic knowledge necessary to be successful power plant workers.